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Remembering the Forgotten

On this somber occasion it is important to remember both the biggest story of this century as well as the top 25 most censored stories of 2002-2003. The stories, compiled by Project Censored cover a wide range of topics.

  • US Illegally Removes Pages from Iraq UN Report “Throughout the winter of 2002, the Bush administration publicly accused Iraqi weapons declarations of being incomplete. The almost unbelievable reality of this situation is that it was the United States itself that had removed over 8,000 pages of the 11,800 page original report. “
  • Homeland Security Threatens Civil Liberty “One Department of Homeland Security mandate largely ignored by the press requires the FBI, CIA, state, and local governments to share intelligence reports with the department upon command, without explanation. Civil rights activists claim that this endangers the rights and freedoms of law-abiding Americans by blurring the lines between foreign and domestic spying (as occurred during the CointelPro plan of the ’60s and ’70s). According to the ACLU, the Department of Homeland Security will be “100% secret and 0% accountable.”
  • Rumsfeld's Plan to Provoke Terrorists The team of covert counter-intelligence agents will be responsible for secret missions designed to target terrorist leaders. The secret missions are designed to "stimulate reactions" among terrorist groups, provoking them into committing violent acts which would then expose them to "counterattack" by U.S. forces.

I find it quite funny that the Left points at the media and says it has rightwing spin, while the Right says the opposite. They can't be both right. The reality is the media, depending on the source, placates to the people they think represents their audience. Fox, for instance, is clearly rightwing, while other news sources are extreme Left (often labeled conspiracy theorists).

We also need to remember that the media tends to always be pro-American no matter which way it spins the news. For instance, it was widely known that FDR was wheelchair bound, but very few photographs exist and it was largely ignored by the public media.

Posted by joestump at September 11, 2003 1:24 PM